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Why Svi Mykhailiuk's decision to stay at Kansas is an even bigger deal than some may think | Tale of the Tait | KUsports.com
Now that we know the verdict, a deeper look shows that the junior guard’s decision to stick around for one more season — Svi announced Wednesday evening that he would return to KU for his senior year — was actually pretty crucial for KU.

Kansas coach Lance Leipold talks early Big 12 familiarity
“I try to dive in,” Leipold said, asked for his thoughts on the conference. “Obviously prolific offenses and spread offenses seem to be what gets [the] most attention. But I still say when you look at some other programs that have built themselves up into some consistency lately, I look at maybe some guys in the conference and their coaching styles and their ways through the profession that are closer to mine.”

The 100 true freshmen who will impact the 2021 college football season
In case you didn't know, we are less than 100 days away from the start of the college football season. That’s sort of an unofficial holiday in the college football world, because it starts a tangible countdown to the season.

Introducing 2024 big man Gabe Grant
“The main thing that makes people take notice of me is my work ethic," Grant told 247Sports. "I don’t like people have anything on me. I leave everything on the floor.

Bits o Chalk

Ja Morant, Memphis Grizzlies into NBA playoffs after ousting Golden State Warriors in overtime
As Ja Morant responded to a question during his postgame virtual media availability Friday night, Dillon Brooks, seated to Morant's right, punctuated one of his Memphis Grizzlies backcourt partner's answers with two words.

Los Angeles Dodgers' Trevor Bauer eggs on booing San Francisco Giants' fans
"They're gonna hate me anyway, so might as well lean into it," Bauer said in reference to the 12,753 fans at Oracle Park, which has yet to be approved for full capacity. "I like when the crowd's into it. It makes the moment feel bigger, and I perform better in those moments. It just feeds me."

Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James violated protocol by attending event, NBA says
James was one of several high-profile guests present at a promotional event for Lobos 1707, a tequila brand he backs, earlier this week before the Lakers' play-in game against the Golden State Warriors.

Golden State Warriors' season 'something to build on,' Steve Kerr says
After the Golden State Warriors failed to qualify for the postseason for the second consecutive season, forward Draymond Green acknowledged the organization is "a ways away" from getting back into title contention after a disappointing 117-112 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday night in the final play-in game for the eighth seed in the Western Conference.

Eraser Dust

Child tax credit: You'll use these 2 IRS portals to get your money - CNET
Eligible families will start receiving the enhanced child tax credit payments on July 15. If you're expecting a payment, see how much you'll get here. Before the IRS can send those payments, however, it will open two portals for people with qualifying dependents to make any necessary changes. The portals will also be used to opt out of the monthly payments if you'd rather get one large check, and help make sure you're registered if you don't normally file a tax return. We'll explain all the details below.

Why is the price of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies falling? - CBS News
The price of Bitcoin fell as much as 29% Wednesday after the China Banking Association warned member banks of risks associated with digital currencies. Other digital currencies suffered sharp declines as well.

Kalispell business expands to Glacier Rail Park | KECI
The Core and Rail Redevelopment project is currently underway in the Flathead. The project aims to promote local business expansion and attract new rail-served manufacturers to the Flathead through the Glacier Rail Park.

Within a Few Years, Glacier Rail Park Now Full - Flathead Beacon
Roughly three years after the first tenants began moving into the Glacier Rail Park, the industrial park with rail service is now completely full after Northern Plastics became the final purchaser with plans to start development of its new facility in the near future.

Prince Harry tells Oprah Diana's death led him to drugs, alcohol and anxiety - CNET
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, isn't done sharing his struggles. On Friday, Harry's TV series about mental health, The Me You Can't See, debuted on Apple TV Plus. In it, Harry tells Oprah Winfrey about how he fought to cope with Princess Diana's death in 1997, saying he turned to drugs and alcohol to try and cope.

Jeffrey Epstein prison guards admit to falsifying records
The two Bureau of Prisons workers tasked with guarding Jeffrey Epstein the night he killed himself in a New York jail have admitted they falsified records, but they will skirt any time behind bars under a deal with federal prosecutors, authorities said Friday.

You Can Buy Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love’s Former L.A. Home for Less Than $1 Million | Architectural Digest
In 1992, the same year late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain and singer turned actress Courtney Love tied the knot, they moved into a three-bedroom home in L.A. According to Realtor, the place is now on the market for exactly $998,000, and it definitely requires a motivated buyer who’s willing to fix things up.

52-year-old Dave Bautista says he's quitting 'Guardians of the Galaxy' over shirtless scenes
At 52 years old, wrestler-turned-Marvel action hero Dave Bautista is in better shape than most 22-year-olds. But he's still a little self-conscious about his appearance. As a recent guest on Ellen, the Guardians of the Galaxy star confessed to the host that his alien alter ego's aversion to shirts is one of the reasons he's exiting the Marvel Cinematic Universe franchise after the upcoming third installment. "I'm going to be 54 years old by the time Guardians 3 comes out," he told DeGeneres about why he'll no longer play Drax the Destroyer. "The shirtless thing is getting harder and harder for me."

Shooting in downtown Minneapolis leaves two people dead and eight others injured, say police - CNN
Two men were killed and eight other people were injured in a shooting in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota, according to a tweet from police early Saturday morning.

Pro-Palestinian protests expected across the United States - CNN
Protesters are expected to rally in cities across the United States this weekend in support of Palestinians, as Israel and Hamas agreed to a ceasefire ending days of destruction and bloodshed.

UPDATE: Whitefish Woman Charged with Striking, Killing Teenage Pedestrian - Flathead Beacon
A 37-year-old Whitefish woman was charged with vehicular homicide while under the influence in Flathead County District Court on Friday, one day after prosecutors allege she struck and killed a 15-year-old girl who was walking on the side of the road outside Columbia Falls.

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